Medical appointments cover a wide variety of conditions, from orthopedics to migraines, allergies to fertility. Initial appointments take about an hour and a half and cover a full medical history as well as the primary reason for the visit. Follow up appointments are typically around an hour and most patients will require several visits in a row. Generally, acute issues take 3 to 5 visits, while chronic issues may require longer term management, but ultimately each case is unique.
Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling
Generally included as a part of most orthopedic treatments during medical visits, this specific technique can also be booked as stand alone treatment.
Cupping is an ancient technique used to help release muscle tension. Traditionally done with bamboo "cups," we employ the use of glass bulbs. A small flame is used to create a vacuum and the cup is applied to whichever part of the body is being treated - usually the back, but cups may be applied to shoulders, arms or legs as well.
Mei Zen Facial Series:
A total of 11 treatments make up one series, consisting of one initial visit and 10 follow up appointments. A full history is still taken so that the patient's constitution is treated in addition to the facial acupuncture. This helps to harmonize the entire body and improves the outcome more so than facial treatment alone. Many patients also find improvements in acne, rosacea, and other dermatological conditions.
Results typically last anywhere from 2-5 years, depending on lifestyle factors including diet and skin care routine. It is recommended that patients follow up with maintenance treatments as often as every 4-6 weeks to see continued improvement.
These types of appointments are perfect for regular maintenance. It's recommended that patients come every 4-6 weeks, or alternate acupuncture treatments with their regular facial appointments.
Facial Cupping & Gua Sha
Cupping and gua sha (a light scraping technique) are both gentle, effective, non-invasive ways of stimulating cellular turnover and the production of collagen and elastin. Cupping + Gua Sha facials are available and they may also be added to a facial acupuncture appointment.
Zheng Gu Tui Na Massage
Zheng Gu Tui Na is a type of Chinese orthopedic massage that incorporates the stimulation of acupuncture points and channels. It is most effective when used in combination with acupuncture. It often focuses on releasing trigger points that might be causing pain or discomfort in the immediate area of inflammation or farther down the muscular tract. It deeply works the muscle tissue and fascia to encourage postural realignment. Joints may be mobilized to assess, support and increase range of motion.
These appointments require more time to address those stubborn, refusing to unwind issues with your tissues. It's advisable that new patients attend a standard acupuncture session first; this will provide time to properly assess exactly what's going on and determine a treatment plan moving forward. Oftentimes, a single, longer session of 90 or 120 minutes** is enough to do the majority of the work which can then be followed up with regular acupuncture sessions. The ability to tailor my practice to give your body exactly what it needs is my favorite part of my practice and this medicine.
**90 minute sessions may be booked online. 120 minute sessions must be booked directly with the office to avoid scheduling conflicts with other appointment blocks.